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Wednesday, 15 March 1961

Mr JEFF BATE (MACARTHUR, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I ask the Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Trade whether his officers are investigating the manufacture of canned chicken alone or the whole field of processed chicken meat. Is it a fact that the poultry industry has not yet welded itself into a compact federal body with adequate statistics? Until this is achieved, is there a danger of booms and slumps in the industry? How far can the Government go in securing continuing statistics of production and projected production? How soon can the Minister get the information that will enable him to decide whether to refer an emergency application for a tariff on imported canned chicken to the Deputy Chairman of the Australian Tariff Board under section 17a of the tariff legislation?

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